A truly essential mix from one of Detroit's finest...
'Moodymann: DJ-Kicks'

Let’s face it, this was always going to be good.

One of Detroit’s finest crate-diggers behind the rudder of one of the most well-respected mix series around. For those still unaware of its notoriety, the DJ-Kicks series is an elder statesman within the compilation series game. Since 1995, !K7 have been handpicking dons from across the musical spectrum to curate it and they’ve assembled quite the discography. The saw-toothed drum and bass of Metalheadz’ Kemistry, and Storm? Check. Massive Attack’s Daddy G? Tick. Bubblegum funk via Chromeo? Yep. Basically, this is essential listening for multiple reasons.

Securing Moodymann for his first official, multi-artist mix is no mean feat. Kenny Dixon Jnr. mixes are few and far between; something like finding a Mewtwo on Pokemon Red. The truly committed fans will know the DJ’s Moodymann Collection from 2006 was his last official mix per se, and that was all his own music.

Kenny’s mix comes in as the 52nd entry. And across 75 minutes and a 30-deep tracklist, he ambles between groove-engulfed soul, gutter hip-hop and loved-up house. The main aim here being "to present music of quality, not to one-up fellow collectors." In accordance, selections come from hi-and-lo: Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, Nightmares On Wax, Anne Clark, Jai Paul and fellow Detroit producers Andrés and Marcellus Pittman to name just a few. Adding to those cuts from his own creative circle, the mix also features eleven exclusive Moodymann edits — needless to say, this is treasure trove central.

It’s the type of track curation that won’t ever slip onto a dancefloor, unless tethered on to the early hours section where DJs let loose to (mostly) empty spaces. It will, however, fit snugly into a Sunday afternoon laze-athon; the ultimate BGM for sagging deep into your futon.

Out as both a CD compilation and a 12″ vinyl triple album, it’s an essential purchase for anyone vaguely interested in music with a soulful pulse.

8/10

Words: Errol Anderson

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